Braves name MacDonald as special assistant to GM

New hire to report to Hart and Coppolella, aid in scouting initiatives

ATLANTA -- The Braves continued to reconstruct their front office on Thursday, when they announced Chad MacDonald has been hired to serve as a special assistant to the general manager. MacDonald will assist with amateur, international and professional scouting efforts.

"We're excited to add Chad to our front-office staff," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He is an excellent evaluator and has great instincts. As an executive, he has filled a variety of roles in his career, and he will contribute in many ways in the Braves' organization."

Though the Braves have not assigned the GM title to any of the members of their baseball operations staff, MacDonald, Gordon Blakeley, Roy Clark and Rick Williams have all been given the traditional special assistant to the GM title. They will each report to Hart and assistant GM John Coppolella, who is the leading candidate to eventually gain the title.

MacDonald spent the past three seasons serving as a vice president and assistant general manager for the Padres. He has filled a variety of roles during a 22-season Major League Baseball career that began in 1993, when the Rangers hired him as a scout.

After also working as a scout for the Indians and Angels, MacDonald served as assistant scouting director and director of international scouting for the D-backs from 2006-10. He spent the 2011 season serving as director of scouting for the Mets.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.